A New Film About the Irish in New York – Filmmakers Need your Help!

April 11, 2011

Is there anyone out there who can help these folks with archival footage or old photographs of Irish family life in New York?

The Broadcasting Commission of Ireland and TG4 are responsible for making and airing high-quality films and television programs, and we would like to see the filmmakers get some help from the Irish-American community here.

Ardnawark, Barnesmore, Co, Donegal, Ireland.

Archive Film Footage and Stills

The Irish New Yorkers, an important new documentary film will tell the story of the Irish in New York. A two hour film that will bring audiences to the very heart of the Irish and Irish American community in New York and explore what it means to be Irish and Irish American. It will be a unique story of a people who fought hard to create the most successful Irish society abroad and those today with its future in their hands.

We need your help to tell that story. We are in search of New York’s unseen film footage that will take a fresh look at the social and cultural history of the Irish in New York. We are asking people and communities to delve into both their own and their grandparent’s attics, to dust down their old cine cans, Hi8 reels and VHS’s. Perhaps you may discover, and indeed rescue, little gems that will give us a treasure chest of history, offering us a unique and very real glimpse into life in the 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, and 70s.

Also, any films or photographs you have of preparations for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. We are looking for footage from the 1930s-1970s that will show life in an Irish American neighbourhood, footage of New York city, pictures or films of Irish immigrant families and the lives they led in the NYPD, the FDNY, sporting lives in the GAA and the Church. It may be a picture or home movie of your grandmother, old friend, or relative, or neighbours but all of these sources will help us to weave together the rich tapestry that is the history of the Irish in New York.

If you have any home movies or photos you would like to share with us please email:

theirishnewyorkers@yahoo.ie

Ciara Baker, BA (History)

Archive Researcher

Real Films

Award winning Irish documentary filmmakers Garry Keane and Aideen Kane have been awarded funding by the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland and TG4 to make The Irish New Yorkers. Twenty year veterans of documentary filmmaking their most recent film The Writing in The Sky was critically acclaimed and will soon be seen at film festivals worldwide.


Irish-Language Mass at the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral

February 25, 2011

 


An historic drawing of Old St. Patrick's Cathedral.

presented by:
the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral,
in association with
the New York Irish History Roundtable,
Sir Patrick Charities, and Glucksman Ireland House – NYU

On Saturday, March 12, 2011, at noon, on Mott Street between Prince and Houston streets, for the fourth consecutive year, the New York Irish History Roundtable, Sir Patrick Charities, Glucksman Ireland House-NYU, and the Basilica of Saint Patrick’s Old Cathedral will celebrate an Irish-language Mass.

The Mass will be concelebrated by Fr. Aidan O’Driscoll of County Cork. There will be Irish liturgical music by Cantor Paddy Connolly with accompaniment by Jared Lamenzo on the Cathedral’s historic 1868 Erben organ. There will be readings in Irish by New York University’s Pádraig Ó Cearúill and Clare Curtin, longtime member and former trustee of the New York Irish History Roundtable.

Following the Mass, the Washington Square Harp & Shamrock Orchestra will entertain the crowd with live ceili music. We will have the Ridgewood (New Jersey) Irish Dance Troupe with us again this year. And, last but not least – with thanks to Patrick Allen, KHS – Da Nico Ristorante of Little Italy provided a buffet at last year’s celebration and we hope to have them with us again this year. 

So, we will enjoy the Mass, followed by ceili (great music), craic (great conversation), dancing, Irish soda bread, food, and beverages. Come and join us to celebrate the Feast of Saint Patrick!

There is absolutely no charge to attend. Free-will contributions will be gratefully accepted.


GAELIC FESTIVAL ON SUNDAY MAY 16

May 12, 2010

this Sunday May 16 (3pm -6pm) make tracks for Amity Hall who will host the 1st Greenwich Village Gaelic Festival.

Featuring bilingual readings by Dr. Art Hughes, Irish dancing by Niall O’Leary, great Donegal fiddle music from Tony De Marco plus Irish food and the best beer in town!..and its FREE!

Location: Amity Hall, W 3rd St. (Thompson & Sullivan St.) Greenwich Village NYC


IRISH LANGUAGE MASS AT SAINT PATRICK’S OLD CATHEDRAL

February 24, 2010

IRISH LANGUAGE MASS AT SAINT PATRICK’S OLD CATHEDRAL

Saturday, March 13th, 2010, at 12 p.m., at Saint Patrick’s Old Cathedral on Mott and Prince streets in Manhattan.

This Mass is co-sponsored by The New York Irish History Roundtable, NYU’s Glucksman Ireland House, and Saint Patrick’s Old Cathedral, on the corner of Mott and Prince streets in Manhattan.

As in previous years, we will have readings and liturgy in the Irish language. The mass will be celebrated by Fr. Aidan O’Driscoll of County Cork. There will be Irish liturgical music by Cantor Paddy Connolly and accompaniment by Jared Lamenzo on the Cathedral’s historic 1868 Erben organ.

After the Mass, the Washington Square Harp & Shamrock Orchestra will entertain the crowd with live ceili music, Ridgewood (New Jersey) Irish Dance, directed by Susan-Daly Stanek, will also perform, and refreshments will be provided.

Come and join us to celebrate the Feast of Saint Patrick! There is no charge to attend.


For Irish Speakers

January 14, 2010

A wonderful  Irish Language Immersion Weekend will be held on Friday, February 12th through Monday,

February 15 in Esopus, New York .

For complete information,  go to WWW.DALTAI.COM